African culture shared through dance

Mwale (left), and Madaha (right) demonstrate a dance. Vanguard Photographer | Sarah Brege

On Thursday evening the African Student Union (ASU) hosted a dance night in the Student Life Center.

During the event, the president of ASU, international studies and geography junior Pamela Mahada, and computer science sophomore Medan Mwale, who choreographed the dance, taught attendees a dance to a portion of the song “Nessesari” by Kizz Daniel.

International studies sophomore and vice president of ASU, Nimnan Wuyep, said that they picked that song specifically because “it captured the upbeat and fun tune [they] wanted while also allowing [them] to be able to create easy dance moves to teach.”

Because of the ongoing pandemic, ASU hasn’t been able to host many events over the past three years.

The dance night was only the second event the organization has hosted since then.

“We’re reviving this event since we weren’t able to do it last year,” Mahada said. “It’s hard to do a dance class online. So now that COVID has dwindled down a bit, we can actually have people come over and teach them a few things.”

The air was electric as students from SVSU came to learn the dance, as well as learn about African culture.

Nursing sophomore Maggie Bird was one student who attended the event.

Bird, a member of the SVSU dance group Cardinal Rhythm, said she attended the event because she “loves dancing and doing different types of dance.”

She also added that she loved the event and hoped ASU hosted another event like it soon.

There were many other reasons students attended the event.

Communication senior Brianna Olivares said she attended the event because she “is minoring in sociology and wanted to learn more about other cultures and get out of [her] comfort zone.”

ASU had many reasons for hosting this event.

“We wanted to share African culture through dance,” Wuyep said. “We wanted to give people a fun outlook on our culture because not everyone is educated in that sense.”

Wuyep said members of ASU were extremely happy with how the event turned out.

“It wasn’t about the amount of people [that attended], but that the people who came had fun, and I think we accomplished that,” Wuyep said. “I think it was a great success.”

“Everybody who came was very enthusiastic and excited to learn about African dance,” Mahada said. “It was fascinating to see how many people were open to learning about our culture.”

ASU plans to continue hosting events and hopes that they will continue to be able to spread their culture.

The RSO has plans to collaborate with other organizations such as OBU and Men of Distinction to further promote African culture.

All of ASU’s events can be found on their Instagram page @svsu_asu.

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